Dresdeners celebrated the opening of their city's famous Christmas market with a record-breaking stollen that weighed in at over 4,000 kilograms. The festive treat is proving popular the world over - just like Germany's Christmas markets.
Some 100,000 people are expected on the second weekend of Advent at Dresden's Christmas market, known as the Striezelmarkt. A huge stollen about four meters long will be paraded through the historical old town.
It’s just not Christmas without it: Stollen from Dresden, home of Germany’s oldest Christmas market. Ingredients such as almonds, raisins, and other goodies give this sweet yeasty bread its special flavor.
Stollen, spiced mulled wine and gingerbread: For many in Germany, these items symbolize Christmastime. But how did these treats come to represent the holidays? Experts say the answer dates back to the 14th century.
Whatever your preference might be - traditional or quirky, big or small - Christmas markets and events in Germany cater to all tastes, from festive to eccentric. Here are our favorites of the 2016 season.
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